Spurs move into top six after home win over Burnley
16:54 20 December 2014
Tottenham extended their winning run to three games after earning a 2-1 home win over Burnley and moved into the top six in the Premier League.
Having triumphed away at Swansea last Sunday and then beaten Newcastle 4-0 in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino’s side maintained their encouraging form in front of the home fans today.
The goals all came in a 14-minute spell in the first half. Harry Kane headed Spurs into the lead with his 14th goal of the season and, although Ashley Barnes equalised six minutes later with a fine 20-yard strike, Erik Lamela responded with a glorious curling effort of his own.
That 35th-minute effort proved to the winner, and the Lilywhites will travel to Leciester on Boxing Day with a spring in their step – although they remain four points outside the top four.
The only negative for Tottenham was an injury to Ryan Mason, who appeared to hurt his knee in a first-half challenge and was helped off the field by two physios just before half-time.
There was one change to the Spurs side that had lined up against Swansea in the previous league outing, with Nacer Chadli replacing Roberto Soldado.
Burnley had an early chance as Kieran Trippier crossed for Scott Arfield, who volleyed over at the back post, but Spurs were soon dominating possession and searching for an opening.
Initially their efforts were from range, with Mason dragging his shot wide from 20 yards and Christian Eriksen testing Tom Heaton with a low effort before Kane and Mason fired over with ambitious strikes. But the opener came in the 21st minute.
Kane played a quick free kick to Eriksen, who was offside and left the ball alone. There was a brief pause but Chadli, who had been onside, ran on to the ball on the left flank and crossed for Kane, who planted a downward header into the bottom right corner.
The lead did not last long, though, as Burnley equalised in the 27th minute – and in some style as Barnes curled the ball over and around Hugo Lloris and into the top right corner.
It was a setback for Spurs but they responded in kind. With 35 minutes on the clock, the frustrating and enigmatic Lamela picked the ball up on the right side, cut inside and whipped a glorious 25-yard strike around Heaton and into the net.
Tottenham pushed for a third goal and Eriksen played Mason in with a clever through ball, but the midfielder was injured as he shot over and had to be helped off the pitch, being replaced by Benjamin Stambouli.
Kane nearly doubled his tally with an outrageous strike, cutting in off the left flank and shooting from the corner of the penalty box, with the ball whistling inches over the top right corner.
But the Clarets had the last chance of the first half as former Spurs man Dean Marney ran on to the ball 20 yards out but placed the ball wide of the right post.
Burnley went on to have the better chances in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with the visitors’ danger man Danny Ings forcing saves from Lloris on three occasions.
But Spurs woke up and regained control, and Kane freed Chadli, who beat Heaton, only to see his goal rightly ruled out for offside.
The pressure from the hosts increased and only last-ditch defending kept them from adding a third goal on a few occasions, while Chadli got in behind and was denied by Heaton at his near post.
Eriksen scampered down the left and delivered a low cross that was just too far in front of the sliding Kane, but the missed opportunities did not prove costly as Spurs triumphed 2-1.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Bentaleb, Mason (Stambouli 44), Lamela, Eriksen (Rose 90), Chadli, Kane (Soldado 83)